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EVENTS

We run an extensive program of lectures, workshops, tours and group meetings which are open to everyone. We also hold member-only webinars and members receive a discount on our events.

The program

A new program is released every three months. You can view the current events below and you can download a PDF of the August-December program here.

Browse in List view or change it to Calendar view to see what’s on in each month. 

ONLINE DELIVERY

Due to restrictions on events as part of the COVID19 response, all of our events are currently being delivered online using Gotowebinar, Gotomeeting or Zoom (depending on the nature of the event). We are committed to continuing to provide you with a great range of online genealogy events.

Online bookings close two days before a webinar and midnight the day before other events. Late bookings may be made by calling the office during office hours on (02) 9247 3953.

When you register for an event, the confirmation email will contain information about how to join the event online. In many cases, this will require you to complete a further step of registering with Gotowebinar. If you have not used Gotowebinar before, you can find information about it on our website here.

With the exception of some DNA events where there may be privacy issues, all of our online sessions are recorded, so even if you cannot attend at the scheduled time you can still book and receive the recording.  

Most of our events are open to non-members as well as members. However, non-members will pay a bit more and season tickets remain available only to members. 

Registration types: The member category is used by members of the Society. Members must be logged in to make a booking. The complimentary category used by volunteers or new members if they receive an offer of a free event, and by presenters of the sessions. Everyone else should book using the non-member category.

Upcoming events

    • 18 Sep 2020
    • 10:30 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • 16 Oct 2020
    • 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 169
    Registration is closed

    The GEDmatch course is a three part online course being held on Fridays 18 September, 2 October and 16 October, from 10.30am-12 noon. Full details of each session can be found in the individual listings for those sessions.

    Book using this listing if you wish to attend all three sessions at the discounted price.

    Skill level: All     Presenters:  Sue Dobson & Kerry Farmer

    • 30 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place!
    • 71
    Register

    In 19th century Sydney, the Benevolent Asylum was a place of temporary refuge for destitute ex-convicts and deserted families, as well as a lying-in hospital for single women and their illegitimate offspring. From the 1850s it forged close connections with the Randwick Institute for Destitute Children and, from 1862, the Liverpool Asylum. Learn more about who needed the help of these institutions and what records they left behind. 


    This webinar is included in the Silver and Gold Season Tickets.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Heather Garnsey

    • 2 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 93
    Register

    Session 2 concentrates on the remaining free tools (Admixture, 3-D Chromosome Browser, etc) as well as the Ancestor Projects. We will also look at the tools for uploading a family tree to GEDmatch and searching and comparing with the family trees of others.

    GEDmatch is a three part course. Book using this event listing if you just want to attend this session. If you want to book for all three of the sessions with the course discount of $60 members, $90 non-members, please book using the event called WEBINAR: GEDmatch - Full course. 

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Kerry Farmer

    • 7 Oct 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 77
    Register

    Join Michelle Patient each month for Ancestry Tips - an hour focussing on using the Ancestry website, with plenty of time for your questions. 


    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Michelle Patient (SAG member and AncestryProGenealogist contractor)

    • 8 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 100
    Register

    Was your ancestor an Activist? Did she march with the Suffragettes? Campaign for better working conditions? Protest the Gold Licence fees? Tell us about them in a 3 minute story.


    Members can book for all WDG meetings between Aug-Dec using the Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 90
    Register

    Receiving your DNA test results is an exciting time but that excitement can quickly turn to confusion. This session will look at some essential basics and then focus on test results and how to interpret the data so you can start finding those new cousins. We will also look at some of the tools to aid you in your DNA research.

    Skill level: Beginners     Presenter: Melissa Hulbert  

    • 15 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 93
    Register

    Copyright law can be confusing, so Lorraine and Danielle will demonstrate how to apply the law in family history using real examples such as copying material in the library, using people's photographs, using unpublished family histories from the SAG archives, citations and captions, acknowledgements and permissions, and more.


    This webinar is included in the Gold Season Ticket.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Lorraine Brothers and Danielle Lautrec

    • 16 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 96
    Register

    Session 3 explains and demonstrates the powerful Tier 1 tools of GEDmatch. (These require a subscription of US$10 for a month’s usage.) These include Segment Searching, Phasing, Triangulating, as well as combining and analysing multiple kits at the same time. The Lazarus tool will also be explained, which can create a kit of some DNA from a deceased ancestor using the DNA of their descendants and relatives.

    GEDmatch is a three part course. Book using this event listing if you just want to attend this session. If you want to book for all three of the sessions with the course discount of $60 members, $90 non-members, please book using the event called WEBINAR: GEDmatch - Full course. 

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Kerry Farmer

    • 17 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 499
    Register

    Legacy Software group meetings provide opportunities for you to extend your knowledge of Legacy features and to share your Legacy experiences. If you are undecided about which family history software program to purchase come along and see what Legacy can offer you. Newcomers and beginners are welcome.

    Skill level: All     Convenor:  Danielle Lautrec   

    • 20 Oct 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 73
    Register

    Our ancestors can be surprisingly elusive, being present for decades in one spot then mysteriously disappearing from key records. Although we might find several gaps in records in our family trees, in reality it is actually quite rare for an individual or family to genuinely be missing from those records or to have disappeared seemingly into thin air. This talk will provide a few tips and pointers to help you solve those riddles and hopefully find that missing ancestor in Australian or UK records.

    This webinar is included in the Gold Season Ticket.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Deb Carter, AncestryProGenealogists

    • 24 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 98
    Register

    Just started your family history or need a refresher? This session will cover the principles of family history research, types of sources and repositories, charting, search techniques and research planning.

    Family History Fundamentals is a three part course. Book using this event listing if you just want to attend this session. If you want to book for all three of the sessions with the course discount of $60 members, $90 non-members, please book using the event called WEBINAR: Family History Fundamentals - FULL COURSE.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

    • 24 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 12 Dec 2020
    • 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 381
    Register

    Just started your family history or need a refresher? The Family History Fundamentals course is a three part online course being held on Saturdays 24 Oct, 21 Nov and 12 Dec, from 10.30am-12.30pm. Full details of each session can be found in the individual listings for those sessions.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

    Part 1: Getting Started Saturday 24 October 10:30am-12:30pm. The first of the three-part session primarily uncovers the principles of family history research, with a particular emphasis on understanding the diversity between types of sources. The session will demonstrate numerous forms of charting and the necessary information required for each. It will then demonstrate search techniques, including reference to diverse repositories and instruction on how to best utilise them your research. To end, the session will discuss the importance of appropriate research planning as well as methods to achieve success.   

    Part 2: Analysing the evidence Saturday 21 November 10:30am-12:30pm. Part two will enhance the theoretical grounding gathered from part one as it focuses on the practical aspects of genealogy. A detailed breakdown of source analysis will demonstrate how to recognise errors and overcome research challenges, ensuring that the sources help your research to its full potential. The session will also cover handwriting analysis and increase your problem-solving capabilities.  

    Part 3: Documenting and presenting Saturday 12 December 10:30am-12:30pm. Part three is focussed on how to share your discoveries with other researchers, including: charts, software, reports, books and online, allowing you to choose a method that best suits you. This session differentiates between documentation and presentation, and what is required in the correct execution of both. An important final step is how to ensure your citation process is as easy as can be. 

    Book using this listing if you wish to attend all three sessions at the discounted price.

    • 4 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 90
    Register

    Join Michelle Patient each month for Ancestry Tips - an hour focussing on using the Ancestry website, with plenty of time for your questions. 


    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Michelle Patient (SAG member and AncestryProGenealogist contractor)

    • 7 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 497
    Register

    Using a little E.S.P in your New Zealand research.

    Electoral Rolls, Sheep Holders and Police Records. These on-line New Zealand records can help track down your ancestors.

    Where and when were they living town? In what towns and with whom? What was their occupation and did they move around? Follow their fortunes with the size of their sheep flock. Were they in any trouble with the law? Just some of the questions that can be answered to give you greater insight into the lives of your New Zealand ancestors.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Pauline Weeks

    • 12 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 398
    Register

    This session will examine how to write your DNA stories – share exciting discoveries, explain the DNA evidence, protect the privacy of the living and deal with uncovered secrets in a sensitive manner.  


    Members can book for all WDG meetings between Aug-Dec using the Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 399
    Register

    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions.

    Members can book for all FTM meetings between Aug-Nov using the Family Tree Maker Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 399
    Register

    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions.

    Members can book for all FTM meetings between Aug-Nov using the Family Tree Maker Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 17 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 500

    With a PhD in Ethics and a background of teaching Psychology, University lecturer Dr Penny Walters, author of recently published ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ will discuss what ethics and morality mean, and what these have to do with genealogy.  “I’m just compiling our family tree, what possible problems could there be?” Dr Penny Walters leads us to examine how we handle issues such as discovering other people’s secrets and lies, dealing with strangers on the internet and finding that some relatives aren’t now related. Attendees will benefit from considering ethical issues with more empathy and sensitivity.

    This webinar will be included in the Nov-Jan Season Ticket and will open for bookings in September.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Penny Walters

    • 21 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 100
    Register

    Just started your family history or need to develop your skills further? This session will cover tips and techniques for analysing sources and the information within them, and using that as evidence in your family history. It will include analysing handwriting, evaluating sources and problem solving.

    Family History Fundamentals is a three part course. Book using this event listing if you just want to attend this session. If you want to book for all three of the sessions with the course discount of $60 members, $90 non-members, please book using the event called WEBINAR: Family History Fundamentals - FULL COURSE.      

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec
    • 21 Nov 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 97
    Register

    Topic to be advised closer to the date


    Skill level: All     Convenor: Bruce Fairhall

    • 28 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 146
    Register

    Topic to be advised closer to the date.

    DNA sessions are not usually recorded and should be attended live.


    Skill level: Intermediate     Convenor: Veronica Williams

     

    • 28 Nov 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 145
    Register

    Topic to be advised, closer to the date.

    This session will NOT be recorded, so you must attend live.

    Skill level: Advanced     Presenter: tba

     

    • 2 Dec 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 94
    Register

    Join Michelle Patient each month for Ancestry Tips - an hour focussing on using the Ancestry website, with plenty of time for your questions. 


    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Michelle Patient (SAG member and AncestryProGenealogist contractor)

    • 10 Dec 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 100
    Register

    The Last Full Stop. A discussion on what you do, once you have finished writing 'the book'. Looking at ideas on publishing. What to write next. This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    Members can book for all WDG meetings between Aug-Dec using the Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 12 Dec 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 100
    Register

    This session will cover tips and techniques for writing it up and sharing your family history with other researchers in a variety of forms, including charts, software, reports, books and online. It will also cover tips for making source citations easier.

    Family History Fundamentals is a three part course. Book using this event listing if you just want to attend this session. If you want to book for all three of the sessions with the course discount of $60 members, $90 non-members, please book using the event called WEBINAR: Family History Fundamentals - FULL COURSE.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

Past events

26 Sep 2020 Building research trees at Ancestry
26 Sep 2020 WORKSHOP: Trove newspapers
24 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: Finding the unknowable
19 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: Introduction to Findmypast
18 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: GEDmatch course - Part 1
17 Sep 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Ten Doors Down
10 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: The FamilySearch family tree: How to use it and why you should
7 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: Bond, James Bond
3 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: Spring clean your family history
2 Sep 2020 Ancestry tips
28 Aug 2020 COURSE: DNA Painter Tools Course
27 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: What was the parish really like?
25 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Off the beaten track - The importance of Regional Archives
22 Aug 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Advanced
22 Aug 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in Practice
19 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Using the internet and PRONI for Northern Irish research
15 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: DNA tested and wondering what to do with it?
13 Aug 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Writing for Descent
11 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Introduction to DNA reconstruction (concepts & tools)
8 Aug 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
8 Aug 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
6 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Using Excel for family history
5 Aug 2020 Ancestry tips
4 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Geneablogging for You
1 Aug 2020 Family Tree Maker Beginners Course
30 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: Grouping your AncestryDNA matches using the “Leeds Method”
28 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: MyHeritage collections and tips
25 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
22 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: Scottish research resources before 1800
13 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: What's in a name?
11 Jul 2020 GROUP: The Master Genealogist Software Group
9 Jul 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - In a bleak mid-winter
4 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: Working with AncestryDNA - An introduction!
1 Jul 2020 Ancestry tips
29 Jun 2020 WEBINAR: Restoring and managing family photographs
23 Jun 2020 WEBINAR: Habsburgology: Research in the Former Austro-Hungarian Empire
19 Jun 2020 HANDS ON: Family Tree DNA
18 Jun 2020 WEBINAR: Family history fundamentals - Part 3 Documenting and Presenting
16 Jun 2020 WEBINAR: City of Sydney: Archives and History Resources
13 Jun 2020 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
11 Jun 2020 WEBINAR: Death death death
11 Jun 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
6 Jun 2020 Lost In the Country
3 Jun 2020 Ancestry tips
28 May 2020 WEBINAR: Family history fundamentals - Part 2 Analysing the evidence
23 May 2020 WEBINAR: Family history software & charting – Family Tree Maker & Legacy
23 May 2020 WEBINAR: Family history software & charting – Introduction
19 May 2020 WEBINAR: Victorian British records in Findmypast
16 May 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in Practice
16 May 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in practice
14 May 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - What the editor wants
11 May 2020 WEBINAR: Focussing your efforts – Research planning techniques
9 May 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker
7 May 2020 WEBINAR: Family history fundamentals - Part 1 Getting started
7 May 2020 WEBINAR: Family history fundamentals - FULL COURSE
6 May 2020 Ancestry tips
5 May 2020 WEBINAR: Breaking down UK brick walls with parish registers and associated records
2 May 2020 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
30 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Convict records in the NSW State Archives
30 Apr 2020 LECTURE: Convict records in the NSW State Archives
21 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Education records in Queensland
18 Apr 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
16 Apr 2020 WORKSHOP: Brickwalls
16 Apr 2020 WEBINAR WORKSHOP: Brickwalls
9 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Online books for family history
9 Apr 2020 COURSE: Publishing Workshop
9 Apr 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - What the editor wants
9 Apr 2020 GROUP CHAT: Writing Discussion Group - Help! I'm stuck
4 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Working with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA)
4 Apr 2020 LECTURE: Working with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA)
4 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
4 Apr 2020 FREE LIBRARY TOUR: Where do I start at the SAG library?
1 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Putting your family history online
26 Mar 2020 LECTURE: Australian military records
26 Mar 2020 WEBINAR: Australian military records
26 Mar 2020 LECTURE: DNA case studies
20 Mar 2020 HANDS ON COMPUTERS: Ancestry DNA PM SESSION
20 Mar 2020 WEBINAR: Ancestry DNA
20 Mar 2020 HANDS ON COMPUTERS: Ancestry DNA
19 Mar 2020 LECTURE: Deciphering handwriting
14 Mar 2020 LECTURE: Researching World War One nurses
12 Mar 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Your March born ancestor
12 Mar 2020 FREE RICHMOND VILLA TOUR: What's in the SAG archives (MIDAS)?
9 Mar 2020 WEBINAR: Using FamilySearch
6 Mar 2020 HANDS ON COMPUTERS: Trove Newspapers
4 Mar 2020 EXTERNAL TOUR: Millers Point walking tour
26 Feb 2020 FREE LIBRARY TOUR: Where do I start at the SAG library?
17 Feb 2020 WEBINAR: Online books for family history
15 Feb 2020 LECTURE: Deep dive into FindMyPast
15 Feb 2020 LECTURE: Hatching, matching and dispatching in England and Wales
13 Feb 2020 LECTURE: Frugal family history
13 Feb 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
8 Feb 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
8 Feb 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
6 Feb 2020 LECTURE: Ancestry Day - Afternoon session only
6 Feb 2020 FOCUS DAY: Ancestry - Full Day registration
6 Feb 2020 LECTURE: Ancestry Day - Morning session only
4 Feb 2020 WEBINAR: Learn from their Scottish abode
1 Feb 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Advanced
1 Feb 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate
1 Feb 2020 WEBINAR SEASON TICKET: Feb-April 2020
30 Jan 2020 Studying with the SAG - An information session (ONLINE TICKET)
30 Jan 2020 Studying with the SAG - An information session
23 Jan 2020 FREE RICHMOND VILLA TOUR: What's in the SAG archives (MIDAS)?
20 Jan 2020 WEBINAR: Understanding the UK census
18 Jan 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
18 Jan 2020 FREE LIBRARY TOUR: Where do I start at the SAG library?
11 Jan 2020 LECTURE: Working with Ancestry DNA
11 Jan 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Beginners
9 Jan 2020 LECTURE: Family history fundamentals - Part 3 Documenting and Presenting
7 Jan 2020 WEBINAR: Reviewing your research - get past that roadblock in your tree

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